Avic’s general aviation subsidiary, Caiga, will begin assembly of the first Avic TA600 amphibious firefighting and sea-rescue aircraft at the end of this year or early next year. With a gross weight of 53.5 metric tons, the single-hull TA600 will be the world’s largest amphibious aircraft, exceeding the 47.7 tons of the ShinMaywa US-2. No military function has been mentioned for the TA600, which is designed to take off and land on a water surface with 2-meter (6.6 ft.) ...

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